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Family friendly, quiet, private and views and sunsets galore.

Bedrooms 3
Space 185 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

3 bedroom, 2 bathroom with incredible views of mountains, sunsets and Rio Grande

2000 square foot house with ceiling to floor dining room windows looking to the Picuris Mountains right out the window, extensive outdoor patio with barbecue and fully equipped kitchen. Three bedrooms include master with queen bed, full size bunkbeds in kid's room (big enough for adults) and queen in guest bathroom which also has it's own bath. TV room with Direct TV/DVR ( including NFL Direct), Netflix and HBO, plus Apple TV. Outdoor fireplace area with seating, 40+ tree orchard with peaches, apricots, nectarines, apples, cherries and plums in season (you're welcoem to help yourself). Wireless internet. Only 30 minutes to Sipapu skiing, 45 minutes to Taos Ski Valley or Angel Fire. Just 10 minutes to gas and groceries and 15 to the Taos Plaza.

Property Manager
Stephen Gates
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 19, 2018

About Stephen Gates

Family of four, Steve an attorney and business owner, Perihan owns her own business as well and two sons, Aydin (17) and Koray (13).

Stephen Gates purchased this house in 2006

Why Stephen Gates chose Ranchos de Taos

We were simply awestruck by the beauty seen from the homesite. We've never been in a place with such varied and magnificent views and with sunsets and rainbows like we've never known. They call New Mexico the land of enchantment and being up on this mountainside looking down to the valley below and mountains around us is exactly what the brochures claim, as hard as that may be to believe. Enchanting is the correct word.

What makes this house unique

Odd as it may sound, we have a lot of birds here even though it's a dryer kind of forest (pinon and juniper) with some sagebrush. We do have a water feature, an orchard and some special plantings for birds, so we end up with nesting Mountain Bluebirds, Towhees, Hummingbirds and a wide variety of other birds large and small. Our floor to ceiling windows in the dining room give a real birds-eye view (sorry, couldn't help myself) of their shenanigans.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Ranchos de Taos

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 185 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Guest Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Master bedroom - 1 queen
    Bunkbed Room - 1 bunk bed
    Guest Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Master bedroom window looks south toward Georgia O'Keeffe's Pedernal Mountain. Shares bathroom with bunkbed room. Guest bedroom has it's own bath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • long term renters welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • sledding
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cross country skiing
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hot air ballooning
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • skiing
  • snowboarding
  • snowmobiling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • whitewater rafting


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Family friendly, quiet, private and views and sunsets galore.
average rating of 4.821429 based on 28 reviews
Rock Hill, SC

Best Vacation Ever!

  • 5 of 5

This is a hoise I would highly recommend to those heading to Taos. The house is about 6 miles South of Taos - close enough to be in Taos in 10 minutes but out far enough to have great views and spectacular sunsets! We spent mornings and late afternoons outside just taking in the scenery. We really enjoyed the Hummingbirds and rabbits..

The house is situated ideally for day trips, having great access to the major highways. The owner is extrememly accommodating as well!

The house is set up with several rooms ideal for reading while enjoying the scenery outdoors. There are books and DVD's for everyone and the kitchen is great with all the necessities.

If you're coming to Taos, this is the house for you!

  • Submitted: 16-Sep-2014
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, private house outside of town but close enough to be convenient.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this place. It is in a beautiful setting, very private, very comfortable. Had everything we would need. Great and unusual book selection, many about New Mexico, that led us to some remarkable off the beaten path adventures. Very quiet....just the sounds of birds singing. Great location for launching off to the many fascinating places that are an easy day trip from the house. Would definitely stay here again, if ever in the area.

  • Submitted: 9-Jun-2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Terrific Location, House and Landlord

  • 5 of 5

This is a very beautiful southwestern home with plenty of space. The location is remote, but they do have internet and dish TV if you want to use it. Several seating areas inside and outside the home. The landlord was very nice, very professional and helpful throughout the entire process. I recommend this large location if you are interested in staying in the Taos' area. You are about 10 to 15 minutes from town.

  • Submitted: 17-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great week!

  • 5 of 5

The house was fantastic. We loved that it was out in the country but not far from town. It was plenty spacious inside for the 8 of us, and the outside areas were great. The owner was extremely accommodating and communication was quick and easy. Highly recommended, especially to those looking to get away from the busyness of town and who wants to enjoy the peace and quiet (so quiet), the birds, the views, the sunsets, sunrises and the stars. Hope to make it back one day.

  • Submitted: 18-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Second year in a row

  • 5 of 5

My family and I take an annual ski trip to Taos, and this has become our "place". The views out all the windows are spectacular. It is about a 10 minute drive to Taos, and a 30 minute drive to Angel Fire Ski resort (for the record I think Angel Fire Ski Resort is MUCH BETTER than Taos Ski Valley). This home is a great place to congregate, relax, and enjoy good company. We're considering making a summer trip as well this year to enjoy the outdoor adventures--should we decide to, I have no doubt this is where we'll stay. Always a pleasure, and unique little treasure.

  • Submitted: 5-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our large family of 11 (5 were kids) to gather during the Holiday season. We were thrilled to see that there was snow at the house! Lots of it! And since the home is on larger acreage there was so much to explore on the property and so much snow to play in. This home is on a private drive on a mesa which provides AMAZING views. Mountain views one way, valley views another and we could see Taos city lights at night when standing on the driveway. It seems like there are no neighboring homes because all the surrounding properties are large and the homes are camouflaged NM style. The home is stocked with all household essentials, the kitchen has just about everything. Our favorite room was the dining/ family room area to sit and drink coffee while watching the sunrise. There really are a lot of birds attracted to this property, while the owner supplies them with bird seed and let us know that we can put some of it out as well. It was cool to watch them through the beautiful floor to ceiling windows (which aren’t in the photos in VBRO). The large dining table was great for playing games! It’s also nice that there was a “mud hall” at the entry for hanging coats and stowing snow boots. There are really three areas in the home with seating areas – like three family rooms, it makes for lots of different gathering places for family to either be together or have time by themselves. Perfectly located, very easy access to the 518 which leads to “the sled hill” and Sipapu ski resort I think its about 23 minute drive to the sledding and 34 mins from skiing... Smiths grocery store has everything and is only about 10 minutes away. We bought sleds at Big Five Sports, although the owner left one for us to use. The owner was great to deal with and gave us a tour of the home. The home is as pictured but better! So glad we rented this home and if we ever go back to New Mexico Taos area we would want to stay here again.

  • Submitted: 12-Jan-2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
83 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Old Martina's Hall
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Taos Country Club
Nearest Train
83 Miles
Santa Fe
Nearest Motorway
1.3 Miles
US 68
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Ski
21 Miles
Taos Ski Valley
Car: necessary

Taos is a place where cultures, history & art converge within a landscape of spectacular beauty.

Taos has so many activities to choose from including a visit to the World Heritage Site of Taos Pueblo, a tour of the unique architecture of historic Taos around the 200 year old plaza, and many galleries, shops and restaurants. Come and celebrate the 100 years of the Taos Art Society that drew artists to this mecca and explore the hikes, day trips and family fun that abound.

You will find many resources, trip ideas and much more at


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Ranchos de Taos

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Christmas 2018
Dec 20 2018 - Jan 3 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add C$26 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$256.24
Cleaning C$115.31

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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